The malevolent side of revenge porn proclivity: dark personality traits and sexist ideology

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Pina, A., Holland, J. and James, M. 2017. The malevolent side of revenge porn proclivity: dark personality traits and sexist ideology. International Journal of Technoethics. 8 (1), pp. 30-43. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJT.2017010103
AuthorsPina, A., Holland, J. and James, M.
Abstract

This paper presents a novel study, exploring a form of technology facilitated sexual violence (TFSV) known as revenge porn. Despite its emerging prevalence, little is known about the characteristics of revenge porn perpetrators.

In the current study, a revenge porn proclivity scale was devised to examine participants’ behavioural propensity to engage in revenge porn. One hundred adults, aged 18-54, were recruited online from a community sample. The correlational relationship between revenge porn proclivity and the self-reported endorsement of the Dark Triad, sadism, and ambivalent sexism was examined. Additional proclivity subscales of revenge porn enjoyment and revenge porn approval were also created.

The study’s main findings revealed a positive correlation between a greater behavioural propensity to engage in revenge porn and higher levels of the Dark Triad and ambivalent sexism. Moreover,
endorsement of psychopathy was found to be the only Dark Triad trait that independently predicted revenge porn proclivity.

The results suggest that perpetrators of revenge porn may have distinct personality profiles. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

Year2017
JournalInternational Journal of Technoethics
Journal citation8 (1), pp. 30-43
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN1947-3451
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/IJT.2017010103
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PrintJan 2017
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Deposited02 Oct 2018
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